Trojans repeat mastery over Machers in PCAP

(The Freeman) - March 5, 2021 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Toledo City Trojans reaffirmed their mastery over the Cebu City Machers as the third and final elimination stage in the inaugural Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP)online tournament goes full blast last Wednesday night on lichess platform.

Bannered by playing co-team owner Atty. Jeah Jean Gacang, team manager FA Felix Poloyapoy Jr., skipper Bonn Rainauld Tibod, International Master Rico Mascariñas, National Masters Rommel Ganzon and Rogelio Enriquez, Jr., Ronald Ganzon, Richard Natividad, Glicerio Pardillo Jr., Christopher Tubalado, and Jinky Catulay, the Trojans subdued the Machers again, 11.5-9-5.

However, the Trojans failed to sustain their momentum as they tumble anew at the hands of the formidable Iloilo Kisela Knights, 7-14. Iloilo is powered by Grandmaster Rogelio Antonio, Jr., and four NMs in Cesar Mariano,John Michael Silvederio, Fritz Byran Porras, and Giovanni Mejia.

Still, Toledo of team owner Engr. Mardee Gacang-De la Peña stayed at joint fourth and fifth place in the Southern Conference standings with the Zamboanga Sultans on identical 14-11 win-loss records.

The Machers, manned by NM Elwin Retanal, FIDE Master Anthony Makinano, International Artiber Linky Yap, Mark Mangubat, Cephas Seguisabal, Eduard De la Torre and Marphine Faith Mangubat, suffered a double whammy as they also bowed to the Sultans, 9.5-11.5. It was their 20th setback in 25 matches.

Like the Machers, the Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors of NM Merben Roque, Aldwin Daculan, Bryle Arellano, Cristy Cabungcag, Odilon Badilles, Romeo Resuera, Neil Adrian Gilig, and Kraig Quinain, absorbed consecutive losses against the Mindoro Tamaraws, 9.5-11.5, and the Palawan Queen’s Gambit, 9-12. They dropped to 11-14 overall.

On the other hand, the Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors of NMs Edsel Montoya and Mario Mangubat, Women’s International Master Bernadette Galas,PCAP Vice Chairman Ariel Potot, Allan Pason, Rex Androe Cabuncal, Francisco Rivera, and Dione Patrick Minoza split their games. They whipped the Surigao Fianchetto Checkmates, 13.5-7.5, but stumbled against the GM Mark Paragua-led Camarines Soaring Eagles, 5.5-15.5. They currently hold an 8-17 mark. — EBV

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